Egg-stra Large Eggs

Dinosaur seating on the top of its eggs

Baby dinosaur or…Jurassic omelette? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Most birds incubate their eggs by sitting on them.  But how did big, heavy dinosaurs warm their eggs without smashing them? This question captured the attention of Kohei Tanaka. He studies Oviraptorosaur fossils. Parent Oviraptorosaurs

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Fooled Filters

Blood cells in a vessel

I’m a blood cell… April Fools! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Your body has its own Secret Service — the IMMUNE SYSTEM. It’s built to keep good stuff in and bad stuff out. But sometimes security is TOO TIGHT. Even MEDICINE can get filtered

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Abbreviation Aggravation

Cubes spelling O-M-G.

Do acronyms make you say “T-M-I” or “I-D-K”? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Can your doctor tell an UPPER ARM from a UTERINE ARTERY? You’d better hope so — your flu shot only goes in ONE of those places! But in medicine, the acronym

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Pharma-ATM

Prescription medication containers and pills

Gotta stop at the ATM for some cash – and some penicillin..?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. You swing by the pharmacy, but the line is taking FOREVER. Do you wait? Or do you run to your next errand, completely forgetting your meds? Enter

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Sweat it Out!

Bulb light on

America runs on…sweat? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A morning run – so invigorating! The feeling of sweat rolling down your back? Yuck! But can sweat be useful? Xueping Zhang and colleagues from the National University of Singapore had a “dry idea!” The team

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Into the Woods

Forest seen from above

Into the woods we go, Hansel, Gretel and… CO2? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. In the musical, the wicked witch was the baddie in the woods. As far as the planet goes, the baddie is greenhouse gases – or CO2. It’s a big contributor

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Blink of an Eye

Common adult grackle (dark bird with gren/blue head)

I’ll be there in the blink of an eye….literally? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Imagine you’re a bird, flying through the air….The wind glides off your feathers as you swerve and swoop high above. But one blink…and CRASH landing! Yet blinking keeps eyes moisturized

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Asteroid Blaster

Asteroid passing next to the milky way

AHHH! An asteroid is hurtling towards Earth! What to do??? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: ready…aim…FIRE! But would that REALLY work? Let’s find out! George Flynn at State University of New York crushed up real meteorite fragments, acquired from the Vatican Observatory. Then,

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Cellular Time Travel

Elder person upper face looking at the camera

Could Benjamin Button’s secret be… cellular? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Can you read the fine print in this internet service contract? Neither did I! As we age, our genes age too, causing a myriad of annoying changes — including loss of vision. What

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River Tales

Otrar landscape nowadays (ghost town)

What has a mouth but doesn’t speak? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Busy markets, plentiful farms, streets filled with Silk Road caravans… The oasis city of Otrar! A thousand years ago, Otrar was a part of the flourishing river civilization in Central Asia. It’s

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